BENJAMIN BRITTEN (1913 – 1976)

OCTOBER 5 - 26, 2013

Superstar tenor Ben Heppner
"builds a memorable Grimes" (Toronto Sun)




Excerpt from Peter Grimes, Decca 478 2669.
Orchestra and Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis, conductor. Jon Vickers, Heather Harper, Jonathan Summers, Elizabeth Bainbridge.

How to OrderBuy Tickets | Shop Merchandise

After the moral catastrophe of World War II, Benjamin Britten held up a mirror to English life as no other composer has, before or since. Britten earned his reputation – and wrote arguably the best opera of the 20th century – with this gripping psychological study of a village by the sea. His evocative music personifies the unrelenting power and loneliness of the ocean, and reveals the life of an alienated fisherman with spellbinding drama.


OCTOBER 5 to 26, 2013

On stage at the Four Seasons Centre, 145 Queen St. W., Toronto.
Performance time is approximately three hours and 15 minutes including two intermissions.
Sung in English with English SURTITLES™.

Conductor: Johannes Debus
Director: Neil Armfield
Revival Director: Denni Sayers
Set Designer: Ralph Myers
Costume Designer: Tess Schofield

Peter Grimes: Ben Heppner
Ellen Orford: Ileana Montalbetti
Balstrode: Alan Held
Auntie: Jill Grove

A co-production by Opera Australia, Houston Grand Opera and West Australian Opera.

Top: (l – r) Anthony Dean Griffey as Peter Grimes in the Canadian Opera Company production of Peter Grimes, 2013. Photo: Michael Cooper.

Thumbnail: Jakob Janutka as John, Peter Grimes’s apprentice, and Ileana Montalbetti as Ellen Orford in the Canadian Opera Company production of Peter Grimes, 2013. Photo: Michael Cooper.

Nearby Hotels & Restaurants

Make a night of your visit to the opera.

Map & Directions

How to find the Four Seasons Centre.